Review This Before Drafting a Contract

thinkstockphotos-500097357When you draft a contract, your goal is to state the terms and conditions of the parties’ agreement clearly and completely, using as few words as will accomplish the job. Follow these five principles and you’ll be well on your way to meeting this goal. Continue reading

Checklist for Your Next Negotiation

ThinkstockPhotos-459334539Negotiation skills are one of those things that lawyers tend to think they have innately. But actually, negotiations skills are learned and honed over time and practice. As you engage in your next settlement negotiation, use this checklist to be sure you don’t miss an opportunity. Continue reading

How to Delegate Better

ThinkstockPhotos-499742164Have you ever delegated work to a contract or associate attorney and been disappointed with the result? It may be that you need to improve your delegating skills. Here are some tips to help you get the results you want. Continue reading

Moving Tactically: Should You Make a Motion?

465153001Motions are tactical tools, and your decision to seek an order should be made in the context of your overall litigation plan. Always keep in mind that making a motion entails time, effort, and expense for the moving party. Is it worth it? Continue reading

6 Ways to Help Clients Avoid a Data Breach

ThinkstockPhotos-478305224It is not “if” but “when” your client will be the victim of a data breach. But despite the growing risks and many high-profile breaches, there are still businesses that are woefully underprepared. Here’s how you can help your clients mitigate risk associated with data breaches well before an incident occurs. Continue reading

Headings Are Key to an Effective Document

Whatever document you’re drafting—from a memorandum for a partner to a brief for the court—using clear and concise headings and subheadings will take your reader by the hand and lead them smoothly through your document. Here’s some advice from noted appellate attorneys Daniel U. Smith and Valerie T. McGinty on making your headings as useful and effective as possible. Continue reading

How to Be a Happier Lawyer

ThinkstockPhotos-452416665The following is a guest blog post from Susan Joan Davidson, a Dispute Resolution Specialist in Berkeley, CA. Susan specializes in real estate, business, family, and personal coaching on conflict avoidance, arbitration, mediation, and facilitation.

Most lawyers reach a point when they wonder: Am I spending more time stressed and miserable than I am challenged and fulfilled? We’ve been trained to win at all costs, but even when we succeed, we still remember what we did wrong. Self-evaluation has its place, but the adage “We are velcro for criticism and Teflon for praise” is no more true than in the legal profession. There are ways to make even small changes in our professional lives that will bring happiness into focus and allow tension to recede into the background. Continue reading

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